Police appeal for help after spate of homophobic attacks on Clapham Common

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Police in the London borough of Lambeth have appealed for victims and witnesses to come forward, after three attacks on Clapham Common thought to be motivated by homophobia.

Between August and October this year, three suspected homophobic incidents took place in the Clapham Common area.

Police have called for gay men who frequent Clapham Common to come forward with details of the incidents – just one of which was reported to the police.

According to Lambeth’s Hate Crime Prevention Coordinator Mark Healey, police were called to an incident in August in which a young man was threatened by a pair of men because of his sexuality.

The pair tried to attack the victim, but he managed to escape and report the crime anonymously.

PC David Brunton, LGBT Liaison Officer in Lambeth, said: “We have heard there have been a number of attacks on the LGBT community which has not been reported to Police.

“We take homophobic crime incredibly seriously and would urge any victims to come forward to the Police, Lambeth Council or organisations like GALOP – who are a LGBT anti-violence and abuse charity.”

If you have have any information about the incidents or have been a victim of a crime, contact Lambeth Police on 101 or email David.Brunton @met.police.uk